What is a double decker bus?
Double-decker buses are a popular means of transport in tourist cities around the world. Double-decker buses usually have 80 seats, the first floor is like a regular bus, and the second floor is open, so it is comfortable to see the outside space. However, in Vietnam, this type of tourism has only appeared for a few years now.
Advantages of double-decker buses
– Double-decker buses go through most of the main tourist attractions in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to help visitors see a panoramic view of the city. It should be calculated, if you have little time but want to go around the city and admire the scenery, the double-decker bus is a reasonable choice.
– If you are a local resident, the double-decker bus is also a new option because from the second floor of the bus, you will see very new corners of a familiar city.
– For tourists, the advantage of a double-decker bus is that it operates in the Hop on – Hop off mode. That is, customers only need to buy a ticket once to be able to get on and off comfortably at fixed pick-up points of the car (which are often popular tourist destinations) within a specified period of time.
Therefore, if you intend to both visit the whole city and explore tourist attractions, this type of tourism is even more ideal. Normally, double-decker bus routes have carefully researched the route and always go through famous tourist destinations, so it is very convenient to visit and visit famous spots. The double-decker bus divides tickets into many packages, from a few hours to a few days, so it becomes even more convenient to visit places by bus.
– To make a difference as well as bring convenience to visitors, most of the double-decker routes are equipped with maps with careful notes on the boarding and alighting points. Departure time as well as trip frequency for visitors to easily grasp and pick up the bus.
Not only that, some airlines also provide extra hats and headphones for visitors to easily listen to the introduction of the journey and destination with an automatic recording system available in each seat. This system is programmed to suit the driving time and route, so you will feel like you have a guide accompanying you throughout the journey. At the same time, the instructions are translated into many languages, so whether you are Vietnamese or foreign, you are easy to grasp.
Currently in Hanoi, there are two companies providing double-decker bus services: City Sightseeing operated by Hanoi City Tour and City Tour operated by Transerco. Both routes use 80-seat cars and talk around the old town and some prominent tourist attractions in Hanoi.
Some information of City Sightseeing
The bus passed 11 places and landmarks of Hanoi, including: Vietnam Military History Museum – Thang Long Imperial Citadel – Quan Thanh Temple – Tran Quoc Pagoda – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam – Hoa Lo Prison – Cathedral – Vietnam Women’s Museum and stop at the city’s Opera House. The route starts at Toad Flower Garden (Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi).
+ Ticket price for 4 hours: 219,000 VND
+ 24 hour ticket price: 329,000 VND
+ 48-hour ticket price: 479,000 VND
Some information of City Tour
+ Weekdays: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square (Bo Ho parking spot) – Le Thai To – Trang Thi – Dien Bien Phu – Independence – Hoang Van Thu – Hung Vuong – Thanh Nien – Yen Phu – Thanh Nien – Hung Vuong – Phan Dinh Phung – Hoang Dieu – Le Hong Phong – Hung Vuong – Nguyen Thai Hoc – Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam – Ton Duc Thang – Nguyen Thai Hoc – South Gate Phan Boi Chau – Ly Thuong Kiet – Phan Chu Trinh – Hai Ba Trung – Le Thanh Tong – Trang Tien – Dinh Tien Hoang – Bo Ho parking spot.
+ Weekends (organizing a walking street around Hoan Kiem lake): Opera House – Trang Tien – Ngo Quyen – Ly Thuong Kiet – Quang Trung – Trang Thi – Dien Bien Phu – Doc Lap – Hoang Van Thu – Hung Vuong – Thanh Nien – Yen Phu – Thanh Nien – Hung Vuong – Phan Dinh Phung – Hoang Dieu – Le Hong Phong – Hung Vuong – Nguyen Thai Hoc – Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam – Ton Duc Thang – Nguyen Thai Hoc – Cua Nam – Phan Boi Chau – Ly Thuong Kiet – Phan Chu Trinh – Hai Ba Trung – Le Thanh Tong – Opera House.
+ Ticket price for 2 hours: 196,000 VND
+ Ticket price for 4 hours: 300,000 VND
+ 24 hour ticket price: 450,000 VND
+ 48-hour ticket price: 650,000 VND
Although not yet widely used by Vietnamese people, perhaps because of the habit of riding motorbikes and buses normally, the cost is high compared to some inner-city tours organized by travel companies. However, this is an experience worth trying, the feeling of watching the city from above is very interesting and different.
On these “open-air” bus routes are equipped with free WIFI, serving the needs of convenient check-in. When taking a double-decker bus, you should pay attention to choose the early morning or late afternoon hours to avoid the sun and pay attention to fully implement safety measures according to the instructions.